Vice President of National Leadership and Education

Courtney Knox, Vice President and Director of National Leadership & Education

Courtney Knox is the Vice President and Director of National Leadership and Education at Community Progress, America’s nonprofit leader for turning “Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places.”

With nearly two decades of experience in neighborhood revitalization, Knox brings a strong background in vacancy and abandonment, land banking, strategic code enforcement, tax foreclosure, creative placemaking, and local government policy and procedure development to her role at Community Progress, overseeing, coordinating, and implementing a diverse range of leadership and educational opportunities, including the national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference and the Vacant Property Leadership Institute.

Immediately prior to her current role, Knox served as the Associate Director of Michigan Initiatives at Community Progress where she helped communities across the country build systems and capacity to prevent and reuse vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated property. Working closely with communities in Michigan, she also helped to create land bank authorities; facilitated the development and adoption of policies and procedures, programs for acquisition, disposition and interim use; and developed educational programming for land bank staff and elected officials in Michigan. Knox also previously served in various roles at the Genesee County Land Bank Authority and Genesee Institute.

Since joining Community Progress in 2010, Knox has served as a thought leader on connecting the impacts of vacancy to other fields and sectors, creating equitable processes across the organization, and educating and engaging residents in equitable revitalization.

Knox received her BA in Accounting from Michigan State University and her MPA from the University of Michigan.